If you are 21 and over, summertime is an exciting season to sit outdoors, relax with friends and sip on a cold beer. New Jersey is a hot spot for craft beer breweries and even if you are not from the state, it is definitely worth the trip to check out these local bars. We have found the top 4 breweries that are worth trying out this summer.
Let’s take a look
Fort Nonsense Brewing Company, Denville, NJ
This spot specializes in a nanobrewery brewed with local ingredients. The company emphasizes a relaxed community where they encourage bringing your own entertainment such as “Bringing food, playing board games, reading books, attending trivia night or participating in yoga class.” Fort Nonsense is so passionate about their brews that they want to educate those that come in through taste tests and tours. Their beer garden and taproom are open 10 on Saturdays and Sundays. For more about Fort Nonsense, subscribe to their newsletter on their website!
Brix City Brewing, Little Ferry, NJ
A funky joint with bold tap beers in a friendly atmosphere. Though they are famously known for their New England IPA’s however, they have a great selection of experimental sours, traditional Pilsners, and Barrel-Aged Stouts. The name Brix City comes from an equation that the company created. The Brix is the symbol for sugar content in a water solution. The City portion commermates the 50 Newark breweries in the city that were alive during the prohibition period. Thus creating the name Brix City. Check out their to-go menu to get beers on tap to go!
Wet Ticket Brewing, Rahway, NJ
The brewery where “nothing is prohibited.” The name is in reference to the individuals who went to court to stand against prohibition. Wet Ticket Brewing wants to continue the “for-the-people-attitude” that the Wet Party candidates had. This is more than just a brewing company but a spot that honors history, education and travel. With funky beer flavors, like Pineapple hopper (New England IPA) and Coconut Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout, you will have a traditional but different tasting room experience.
Jersey Shore Brewing, Hackettstown, NJ
The 5 Year old beer stop prides itself on its successful expansion in a short period of time. Located in a 10,000 square foot space, the company has a 30 barrel brewing system meaning one barrel produces 31 gallons of beer. Due to the large space, 75 people can be in the vicinity enjoying Jersey Shore Brews at one time. All grains are carefully inspected to create a delicious craft beer experience. Some famous beers include “Wisdom and Witchcraft,” a citrusy Belgian Wit and “Elder Magic,” a fruity Hefeweizen made with Elderberry and Lemon. It is safe to say these beers are packed with bold flavor.
If You Like Piña Coladas…
Piña coladas are never a bad idea. No matter what time of the year it always, piña coladas are great cocktails that will ensure that everyone will have a great time. Here are some of our favorite piña colada recipes!
Let’s get to it
- 2 ounces light rum
- 1 1/2 ounces cream of coconut
- 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
- Garnish: pineapple wedge
- Garnish: pineapple leaf
Add the rum, cream of coconut and pineapple and lime juices to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.Strain into a chilled Hurricane glass over pebble ice.Garnish with a pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf.
- 25ml Coconut Rum
- 25ml White Rum
- 75ml Pink Guava Puree
- 25ml Coconut cream
- 10ml Sugar Syrup
- 5ml Lime Juice
Pour your preferred coconut rum, white rum, Funkin Pro Guava Puree, pure pour lime, sugar cane and coconut cream into a blender with one cup of crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge.
- 5 ounces of coconut cream
- 5 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1 ounce of white rum
- 1.5 ounces of Blue Curacao
- 1 cup of Ice
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and crush until smooth. For a fun and tropical presentation, pour into a chilled glass and garnish with two slices of pineapple and a few blueberries. Top everything off with a tiny umbrella.
Old Fashioned Style
- 1 ounce of Coconut Ciroc (coconut vodka)
- 2 dashes of cherry bitters
- 1 ½ ounces of Zacapa 23 Rum
- Coconut cream
- Pineapple juice
Combine coconut cream and pineapple juice and pour the mix into a sphere-shaped ice mold. Freeze for 2-3 hours. When ready to serve, mix the coconut vodka, aged rum, and cherry bitters in a tall glass. Add regular ice and stir for a few seconds. Set the frozen coconut and pineapple juice sphere in an Old-Fashioned glass and pour the rum and vodka mix over it. Sip slowly, as the sphere melts the flavors evolve from the spirit-forward Old Fashioned to the more tropical piña colada. For added texture, top the cocktail off with some pineapple foam and grated coconut.
New York’s Finest
- 4 pineapple chunks – muddled
- 1 cilantro sprig
- 3 cucumber slices
- ¾ ounce of lime juice
- ½ ounce of simple syrup
- 2 ounces of Barrilito Two Stars rum
Add the pineapple chunks, cucumber, and cilantro sprig into a shaker, along with the lime juice and simple syrup. Muddle those ingredients for a few seconds. Pour in the Barrilito Two Stars rum, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over a square ice block. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cilantro sprig.
- 1 can Bacardi Mixers Piña Colada
- 1 Cup Bacardi Superior Rum
- 2 Kiwis
- 1/4 Cup Lime Juice
- 2 Cups of Ice
- Kiwi wheel (for garnish)
In a blender, add in the mixer and rum. Peel the kiwis and add to the blender. Add lime juice and ice.Blend on high until smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass. Garnish with a kiwi wheel.
Which piña will you try?
Refreshing July Cocktails
The hot month of July calls for some refreshing and relaxing cocktails by the pool. We have found a variety of cocktails to accompany you on those hot July weekends!
Lets get to surfin’ and sippin’
Grilled Mango Margarita
2 oz silver tequila
1 oz triple sec
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz simple syrup
grilled mango puree (strained)
tajin salt for rim
Heat grill to medium heat. While the grill heats up, cut the skin off the mango and cut into slices about 1″ thick. Add the mango slices to the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they have a nice char on the outside. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, place the mango in a blender with a handful of ice cubes and pulse until it forms a purée. Strain into a container to store. To make the cocktail, combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels frozen. Rim your glass with Tajin. Strain into a fancy margarita glass with ice or up.
Rose Water Gin Fizz
.5 oz heavy cream
.5oz lemon juice
.5oz grapefruit juice
.25oz elderflower liqueur
3 dash rose water
1 egg white
Soda water to top
Combine all ingredients in the shaker except for soda water. Add one ice cube and shake until the ice cube dissolves. Open the shaker and fill with ice, shake 30 more seconds, and double strain over ice in a glass of your choice. Slowly add soda water pouring to one side of the cocktail.
Sage And Cranberry White Sangria
1 bottle vino verde
1/4 cup brandy or apple jack brandy
1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
2 oz fresh orange juice
fresh fruits, such as citrus, cherries, peaches, applies, and blackberries
club soda or 7up
sage for garnish
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 cup fresh picked sage leaves
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water, and bring to a simmer. While syrup is coming up to temperature, take a small torch and lightly burn the sage leaves a couple at a time. Add the burnt leaves to the saucepan mixture. Simmer for three minutes and remove from the stove. Let steep for two hours. Strain sage leaves through a double strainer into an airtight jar for storage. Combine all ingredients except club soda or 7up into a pitcher. Let sit for 24 hours. Pour individual servings into a glass with ice until 3/4 full, then top with club soda or 7up.
Sparkling Kombucha Cubana
1.5 oz white rum
1 oz Humm Kombucha passionfruit mango
.5 oz lemon juice
3 dashes of black walnut bitters
thin lime slices for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients. Cover and shake. Double strain into a glass with ice and thin slices of lime. Top with bubbles!
Strawberry basil caipirinha
2 oz Cachaca
1/2 lime, juiced
1 bar spoonful of simple syrup
a few dashes of cherry bitters
fresh strawberries, sliced
Muddle the strawberries and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add in the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with more strawberries and basil
1 oz Bourbon Barreled Big Gin
1 oz Cocchi Americano
1 oz Martini & Rossi extra dry vermouth
Organic blueberry Juice
The night before, mix together blueberry juice and water in an ice tray. Freeze overnight. The next day, combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with regular ice, stir, and strain over the glass of your choice. Place blueberry ice cubes in drink and stir.
Thai Chili Colada
2 oz dark rum
1 oz coconut rum
2 oz coconut milk
4oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz lime juice
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup water
3 Thai Chilis
Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Remove pineapple rind. Slice pineapple width wise into very thin slices. Place pineapple slices onto a baking sheet spaced evenly. Bake on one side until it looks dry, begin checking at the half hour mark. Flip pineapple slices and bake that side until dry. Remove from the oven and place pineapples in an empty egg carton to make the “petals” curve up. Meanwhile, Slice Thai Chilies and remove seeds. Dice peppers. Bring a cup of sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the chili peppers and remove from heat. Let cool and strain out peppers. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice, adding 1/2 oz – 1 oz chili syrup based on your heat tolerance. Shake for 2 minutes to get the drink cold and frothy. Strain into a tall glass. Top with pineapple flower for garnish
Which drink will you make this weekend?
6 Starbucks Iced Coffee Recipes to Recreate At Home
Let’s face it. For many of us, Iced coffee is way better than hot coffee, especially during these hot summer months. However, making Iced coffee at home never tastes the same and buying coffee everyday can really hurt your wallet in the end. But this does not have to be the case anymore! We have found 6 at home Iced coffee recipes to try right now! Delicious, easy and affordable. Now that is what we are talking about!
Let’s get energized
Regular Iced Coffee
A classic, this OG drink will have you feeling refreshed during a hot summer day!
• Simple Syrup
• Half & Half
fill a glass with half ice and half coffee, stir in 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and splash in some milk.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
This sweet and delicious iced coffee will make you look forward to mornings.
Add together ⅔ cups of vanilla syrup, 1 cup of milk and half a glass of ice together. Top mixture with a single espresso shot. Drizzle caramel sauce on top.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
The seasonal special is always a huge hit. If you’re a pumpkin fan, you definitely need to try this delicious recipe.
•Half & Half
•Pumpkin Spice Syrup
• You also need a french press to make this recipe!!
Add half a cup of half & half and pumpkin spice syrup into a french press and pump a few times. In another glass, mix pumpkin spice syrup into 8 oz of coffee. Then pour the coffee over a glass filled half with ice and top with foam from the french press.
Rich and chocolatey goodness mixed with coffee. Sign us up! This recipe will be your new favorite drink.
Shake 8 oz of Coffee and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup in a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware. Pour concoction over glass that is filled halfway with ice and a splash of milk
Salted Caramel Cold Brew with Cold Foam
This is for the at home barista that loves to go above and beyond.
•Cold brew coffee
•Half & Half
•You also need a french press for this recipe !!
Add ⅔ cup of half & half and two tablespoons of simple syrup in french press and pump a few times. In a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware, add together 8 oz of cold brew, three teaspoons caramel sauce, and two pinches of sea salt. Shake these together until evenly mixed. Pour coffee over a glass filled halfway with ice. Top with caramel cold foa
Iced Brown Sugar Coffee
A new addition to the starbucks menu and your new favorite to make at home. Try out this Iced Brown sugar for a delicious and refreshing drink.
Directions: Boil water. Once water is boiling, add brown sugar and mix. Quickly set aside to cool. Once a little cooler, add simple syrup to the glass. Then add ice to the glass with milk. Top the drink with coffee. You should be able to see three different layers in the glass!